Plans are being finalized all over the country for the 2013 quilt shows. And that means you could be thinking about the shows you want to attend and what you will do there.
Where do you start with making your plans?
- Decide which shows you want to attend. We hope you are planning to attend one or more of the AQS Quilt Shows: March 13–16 in Lancaster, PA; April 24–27 in Paducah, KY; August 14–17 in Grand Rapids, MI; and October 2–5 in Des Moines, IA.
- Check to see when the registration materials will be available – check the website (www.AmericanQuilter.com) for the opening date for registration.
- When you can review the registration materials, go ahead and register for those workshops, lectures, and special events you want to attend. Many classes and events fill rapidly so it is best to register early to have the best chance of getting your first choices.
- Having trouble making a decision on what to take – take a class from one of your favorite instructors, select a project you want to make, or try something entirely new. Sewing machines and irons are always provided at AQS shows so no need to lug your machine to the show.
- Lectures are about an hour in length and give you a good opportunity to learn many different things in a short time period.
- Leave room to enjoy time with your quilting friends or meet new ones, at the special events available at each show.
- Book your hotel room now. Every show blocks rooms at several hotels with reduced rates for those attending the show. Staying in these hotels gives you the convenience of being close to the convention center and never having to move your car unless you want to.
Once you have registered…
- Keep your registration confirmation in a safe place.
- Gather together the supplies you will need for your classes – sometimes this means going through your stash (ah, an opportunity to touch all of that fabric you’ve been collecting) and selecting the items needed; other times you may need to purchase some additional supplies. Who doesn’t enjoy another trip to the local quilt shop? Some teachers offer optional kits that you can order in advance – that’s the easy way to make sure you have exactly what is needed for class.
- If you need to buy new shoes, do it now so you can break them in before coming the show. Blisters on feet keep the paramedics busy at every show!
Now it’s time to head to the show.
- Pack your registration confirmation and name badge, along with all of your class supplies.
- Bring comfortable shoes – there is a lot of walking when you have hundreds of quilts and vendor booths to visit.
- Eat regular meals; bring some fruit or granola bars, etc., for a snack if you must miss lunch. Food is our nourishment to get us from one event to the next!
- Do you like to view the quilts first and then visit the vendors, or vice versa. Make a game plan so you don’t miss a thing!
- Check out the AQS Learning Center, which has demonstrations that are free with your show admission! Sign up for the free Janome sewing machine.
- Don’t forget to buy your show souvenirs – T-shirt, show pin, tote bag, etc.
Most of all, come to the shows to see lots of quilts, shop the vendors, learn some new quiltmaking techniques, enjoy the host city, and to have the best quilt show experience ever!